These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Kansas City For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Kansas City are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Kansas City, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Kansas City neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Kansas City are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Kansas City for 2018:

  1. Arnour Fields
  2. Armour Hills
  3. Morningside
  4. Ward Parkway
  5. Holmes Park
  6. Tower Homes
  7. Foxcroft And Glen Arbor
  8. Central Hyde Park
  9. Highview Estates
  10. Western 49-63

Read on to see how we determined the places around Kansas City that deserve a little bragging rights.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Missouri check out the best places in Missouri overall or the worst neighborhoods in Kansas City.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Kansas City for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Kansas City, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 107 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Kansas City.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Arnour Fields.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Kansas City has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

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1. Arnour Fields

Population: 2,061
Median Income: $144,375
Median Home Value: $394,000

2. Armour Hills

Population: 2,511
Median Income: $107,496
Median Home Value: $237,850

3. Morningside

Population: 1,496
Median Income: $87,789
Median Home Value: $248,000

4. Ward Parkway

Population: 3,550
Median Income: $79,687
Median Home Value: $194,250

5. Holmes Park

Population: 1,213
Median Income: $75,132
Median Home Value: $184,500

6. Tower Homes

Population: 5,304
Median Income: $54,484
Median Home Value: $158,060

7. Foxcroft And Glen Arbor

Population: 1,111
Median Income: $123,182
Median Home Value: $243,200

8. Central Hyde Park

Population: 1,340
Median Income: $65,875
Median Home Value: $302,950

9. Highview Estates

Population: 2,598
Median Income: $73,609
Median Home Value: $195,200

10. Western 49-63

Population: 4,399
Median Income: $71,140
Median Home Value: $194,200

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Kansas City

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Kansas City where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Kansas City:

  1. Sheffield
  2. East Community Team North
  3. Marlborough East

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Kansas City

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Arnour Fields 1 2,061 $394,000 2,405 2.5%
Armour Hills 2 2,511 $237,850 2,405 3.1%
Morningside 3 1,496 $248,000 2,405 1.5%
Ward Parkway 4 3,550 $194,250 2,664 2.1%
Holmes Park 5 1,213 $184,500 4,463 0.0%
Tower Homes 6 5,304 $158,060 4,642 1.8%
Foxcroft And Glen Arbor 7 1,111 $243,200 2,405 2.8%
Central Hyde Park 8 1,340 $302,950 2,405 5.2%
Highview Estates 9 2,598 $195,200 3,982 3.2%
Western 49-63 10 4,399 $194,200 3,659 4.0%
Old Westport 11 1,325 $185,900 4,363 12.1%
Central Business District-Downtown 12 3,817 $176,333 3,386 3.7%
West Plaza 13 3,881 $187,120 3,109 5.1%
Birdlespur 14 1,370 $177,000 4,054 1.4%
Martin City 15 1,147 $190,550 4,812 11.4%
Country Lane Estates 16 1,695 $158,200 4,677 2.0%
Red Ridge South 17 2,893 $170,350 5,098 5.7%
Little Blue Valley 18 4,126 $176,475 4,820 3.9%
Lea Manor 19 2,140 $150,333 4,269 1.4%
Verona Hills 20 1,719 $252,050 2,405 7.5%
Southmoreland 21 3,360 $163,420 4,376 5.3%
Blue Hills Estates 22 1,759 $236,000 2,405 4.9%
South Plaza 23 2,524 $329,700 2,405 2.7%
Volker 24 3,395 $159,640 4,968 6.1%
Blue Vue Hills 25 2,503 $134,200 5,264 3.4%
South Hyde Park 26 2,042 $140,467 5,846 4.8%
Country Club Plaza 27 1,083 $58,100 2,886 6.4%
Royal Oaks 28 1,783 $141,200 6,490 4.1%
Waldo Homes 29 1,758 $119,500 6,161 3.7%
Mission Lake 30 3,670 $174,850 4,139 4.2%
Bannister Ares 31 1,489 $112,700 7,127 10.8%
Longfellow 32 1,958 $178,850 5,331 3.8%
Legacy East 33 2,056 $94,175 8,272 12.2%
Eastern 49-63 34 3,169 $103,667 8,015 6.6%
Sterling Acres 35 1,049 $102,600 6,762 14.0%
West Waldo 36 1,283 $136,250 5,168 6.2%
Eastwood Hills West 37 1,497 $66,050 8,876 10.0%
Western Hills 38 1,791 $128,950 5,713 4.0%
Faireway Hills 39 2,489 $127,400 6,265 8.9%
Saint Catherine’S Gardens 40 2,886 $126,550 6,437 3.5%
White Oak 41 2,583 $111,433 6,760 4.2%
East Meyer 42 4,611 $77,080 8,380 13.4%
Hanover Place 43 2,341 $144,533 6,712 5.8%
Willow Creek 44 3,221 $83,633 7,060 3.6%
Valentine 45 1,191 $162,500 5,198 7.0%
Westside South 46 1,713 $108,800 6,787 11.7%
Loma Vista 47 1,614 $79,750 8,343 4.7%
Santa Fe Hills 48 2,175 $107,333 7,011 5.4%
Westside North 49 1,648 $161,850 5,724 7.2%
North Hyde Park 50 1,389 $163,800 5,199 9.3%
Ruskin Heights 51 4,203 $63,375 9,234 13.7%
Fairwood And Robandee 52 3,770 $72,675 8,082 6.3%
Stayton Meadows 53 2,406 $90,067 7,421 5.6%
Park Farms 54 3,254 $98,900 7,427 4.6%
Richards Gebaur 55 1,764 $135,367 7,630 18.0%
Stanford Estates 56 1,671 $89,050 8,116 13.5%
Norble And Gregory Ridge 57 1,754 $40,167 9,240 12.4%
Bonne Hills 58 2,021 $114,267 6,952 8.3%
Swope Parkway-Elmwood 59 2,609 $68,300 8,782 11.9%
Blue Hills 60 5,223 $56,157 9,270 14.5%
South India Mound 61 4,470 $58,620 9,311 4.6%
Robandee South 62 1,543 $87,900 8,326 2.4%
Citadel 63 1,368 $83,150 8,006 8.6%
Kirkside 64 1,537 $88,000 8,244 7.2%
Sarritt Point 65 4,097 $61,683 8,759 5.8%
Fairlane 66 5,606 $84,125 8,280 9.0%
Pendleton Heights 67 3,201 $77,200 9,173 13.6%
Santa Fe 68 2,263 $52,250 9,573 11.3%
Oak Park Northwest 69 3,221 $46,725 9,618 13.4%
Linden Hills And Indian Heights 70 2,201 $129,033 6,026 9.9%
Hickman Mills 71 4,222 $106,975 7,836 8.1%
North Town Fork Creek 72 3,167 $63,220 9,026 11.3%
Ruskin Hills 73 2,593 $82,400 8,097 7.7%
North India Mound 74 5,256 $59,800 9,417 7.6%
Swope Park Campus 75 1,416 $58,100 8,951 5.5%
Marlborough Heights-Marlborough Pride 76 3,000 $50,880 9,531 10.7%
Oakwood 77 1,608 $83,550 8,474 6.8%
South Town Fork Creek 78 1,151 $45,300 8,507 6.0%
West Blue Valley 79 2,086 $51,400 9,618 5.0%
Manheim Park 80 1,424 $46,600 9,618 21.3%
South Blue Valley 81 1,749 $34,700 9,618 12.2%
Hickman Mills South 82 1,449 $82,400 8,019 7.8%
Oak Park Southeast 83 1,448 $49,450 9,021 7.6%
Bleheim Square-Research Hospital 84 1,391 $66,500 9,015 7.6%
East Community Team South 85 3,353 $42,380 9,618 12.6%
Washington Weatley 86 1,827 $51,833 9,486 17.8%
Eastwood Hill East 87 3,428 $72,000 8,564 7.6%
Key Coalition 88 1,332 $58,500 9,434 14.1%
Linwood Homeowner-Ivanhoe 89 1,320 $63,300 9,285 7.9%
Riss Lake 90 2,329 $97,900 8,157 9.2%
Wendell Phillips 91 1,607 $75,200 8,375 4.2%
Central Blue Valley-Park Tower Grade 92 1,136 $52,750 9,481 12.3%
Palestine East 93 1,291 $35,850 9,419 8.2%
Ivanhoe Southeast 94 1,405 $43,150 9,605 12.1%
Vineyard 95 2,113 $58,533 8,675 8.8%
Blue Valley Industrial 96 1,580 $37,433 9,618 6.2%
Lykins 97 3,649 $57,650 9,268 5.2%
Oak Park Southwest 98 1,890 $39,950 9,618 7.0%
East Blue Valley 99 1,692 $42,500 9,618 14.1%
Hillcrest 100 1,302 $42,250 9,302 7.0%

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